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That's a sweet blade! I've always loved old bronze swords, they're jut so unique!

“If you trust in yourself. . . believe in your dreams. . . and follow your star. . . you will still get beaten by the people who have spent their time working hard and learning things, the people who weren't so lazy.” ~ Terry Pratchett

 

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Shhhsh you just let me think that... Ibwant some one to be that good ... I am professional and still end up will a lot of hand work..

 

And the quality of your finishes shows the value of such dedication!

Forgive me, but every great bladesmith I know spends waaaaay more time hand finishing than they do at the grinder.

IMNSHO, if you want your blades to look as good as this one Dave made, you had better get used to the idea of sanding until your fingers ache.

(and then sand some more the next day or two......)

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Here are some shots of casting the guard, and a short video of the cast.

 

I'll now begin to refine the shape, and carve/punch the ornamentation on it.  Yes . . . I know that I could have carved that into the wax, but I'm at about a 50% success rate on my lost wax casting. Until I get some more experience, I'll be doing basic shapes and then adding ornamentation after, rather than risk losing dozens of hours of wax carving due to a casting screw up. Hey . . . we can't all be Jake, right? (;

 

 

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well, that is one big step down, even without the detail added. Now, of course, it will be fun to watch what you do to shape and adorn that big hunk of metal.

 

Seems a great fit and general shape, though. Keep 'em coming.

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Kevin: Yes, it's all about chipping away at the wall. Ever watch the Shawshank Redemption? Sometimes I think of projects the way the main character thought about tunneling out of his cell. Patience. A bit at a time.

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I milled the wax model for the pommel today.

 

Neat feature of this sword is how the tang is visible as it goes through the pommel.

 

I'll be doing a bit more refinement of the shape in the wax before casting this time, as my confidence with casting has increased from: "Certain doom awaits this model" to "There's a slight chance this might live."

 

Grins,

 

Dave

 

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Thanks Brian. Of course, It's not my design. The original designer died over 2000 years ago!

 

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Thanks Brian. Of course, It's not my design. The original designer died over 2000 years ago!

 

--Dave

copy, borrow, steal, When it comes to art, it's all semantics really.......

This is another one of those inspiring builds that gets me doing some heavy introspection.

I am seriously rethinking my career as a knife maker. I am starting to believe I need to move in another direction.

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copy, borrow, steal, When it comes to art, it's all semantics really.......

This is another one of those inspiring builds that gets me doing some heavy introspection.

I am seriously rethinking my career as a knife maker. I am starting to believe I need to move in another direction.

 

I'm very fortunate in that I have the ability to pursue this as a hobby (even though I'm a pretty damn hardcore hobbyist), because it gives me the freedom to build what I want to build without consideration for what can sell, what a customer wants, etc.

 

Perhaps the most significant thing I get to do that I think would be difficult for a professional is I can always try new things on each piece. It seems to me that most professionals need to make similar objects with similar techniques most of the time so they can refine their work to a level of perfection that customers require. My pieces almost always have some flaws surrounding the new technique I try out.

 

The curse of commerce has plagued artists for centuries.

 

Dave

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Where do you get your smaller crucibles? I just got a whole @#%@#% ton of casting equipment, but the only thing I dont really have is a burnout kiln and a way to melt the metal. I have forges though so I can just melt in a forge for now (though I plan on getting an electric melting pot capable of doing bronze like Matt Berry uses)

 

Burnout kiln should be solved by buying an evenheat KH18 from someone in a few weeks, and then I need to get casting the guard and pommel for my viking sword =D

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I believe I bought my small crucible from Rio Grande jewelry supply, but any on-line jewelry supply store should have them.

 

If you need to create a larger melting furnace, you can make one by borrowing a burner from your current forge and building a temporary one out of stacked firebricks. You don't need a reducing environment to melt the bronze, so it just needs to get hot.

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HOoly shit man!

 

How the hell have I missed this!

 

Not like you need any more pats on the back but...

 

Hooly shit man!

 

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Thanks Gabriel!

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The symmetry is remarkable...

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Perhaps the most significant thing I get to do that I think would be difficult for a professional is I can always try new things on each piece. It seems to me that most professionals need to make similar objects with similar techniques most of the time so they can refine their work to a level of perfection that customers require. My pieces almost always have some flaws surrounding the new technique I try out.

 

Well said Dave. I have a similar sentiment, and sometimes it doesn't work out, sometimes it does. But at the end of the day I have gained some skill or experience that I was not depending on to put bread on the table. For the time being, I'm using every bit of that mentality for with the hopes that, by the time I am able to pursue the craft in a more professionally demanding way, I will have built up a library of technique (and maybe gotten most of the stuff I've been really wanting to experiment with out of the way ;) )

 

As for the pommel, it's looking really good! Symmetry is my mortal enemy, especially on complex shapes. I hate that the eye is so attuned to seeing symmetry yet the hand is so challenged at creating it!

 

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The pommel is carved and cast. With some spruing advice from Jake, it was a success.

 

This was the most stressful part of the build for me. Glad it's over.

 

The blade is now being shipped from FL to Alaska for finishing and (hopefully) scabbard building before the event in July.

 

Cheers!

 

Dave

 

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This is such a cool project! I noticed in your casting video that you're using those little flask tongs all the jewelry companies sell, and having just as hard a time with them as I was. Do your self a favor and make some beefy flask tongs, they make things much easier. Mine have 24" reins so I can pick up the flask and then clamp the reins in my armpit for a secure one-handed grip while I shut the kiln door, etc:

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Great stuff Dave! With all this work getting done before the event actually starts, I'm hooked for what you will all be doing in Alaska latter this summer!

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This project is seriously making me wanna quit my job!

Great work Dave. Learning a lot here.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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The hilt is coming together on this one. Still a bit of polishing to do on the pommel in the grooves.

 

The ornamentation/carving/filing is next . . . the part I'm most likely to mess up.

 

Petr supplied a sketch on a design concept that will largely define the ornamentation.

 

Final product will see a patina on the copper and bronze. And (if time permits) a scabbard of the Akinakes style.

 

Wish me luck.

 

Dave

 

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Good Luck!

 

I will make offerings by a great oak for you!

 

-Gabriel

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